Figure in courthouse drug scandal might plead guilty

News-DemocratOctober 15, 2013 

— A key figure in the St. Clair County courthouse drug scandal might plead guilty on Thursday in federal court.

Sean McGilvery, who is charged with possessing heroin and conspiring to distribute the illegal drug, is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Reagan for a "change of plea hearing," according to a court docket.

McGilvery, who resided at a North 38th Street residence in Belleville where former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook was arrested on heroin and weapons charges in May, has been held without bond. His attorney, Rodney Holmes, of St. Louis, could not be reached for comment.

A court document alleges that McGilvery, a friend of Cook's, conspired with two former Fairview Heights residents to distribute heroin that was allegedly purchased in Chicago. The other alleged conspirators, Deborah Perkins and Douglas W. Oliver, already pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Cook faces trial in December. He is charged with misdemeanor heroin possession and of being a heroin addict in possession of a firearm. He was not armed when arrested outside the Belleville home in May.

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